A Guide to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a type of dwelling for people who need specialist housing solutions to assist them with their extreme functional impairment or support needs.
The funding is provided only to a small number of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants who meet a specific set of criteria. The SDA will inspire investment for the development of high-quality accommodations for eligible NDIS participants. Remember that the SDA funding is for homes where support services are not delivered and not for the services per se.
How Will SDA Benefit You?
Through the SDA, eligible NDIS participants will have the power to choose where and how they want to live. Each candidate will receive funding with a wider variety of accommodation options. That means you can access apartments, villas, and townhouses that are more complementary to your needs and lifestyle.
How Can You Become Eligible for SDA Funding?
The SDA funding only covers a small portion of the NDIS participants who meet a specific set of criteria, including extreme functional impairment. This means you can’t or are having trouble performing daily tasks, such as:
- Preparing food
- Getting dressed
- Moving around the house
- Going to the doctor
A qualified participant needs someone to support them, alongside certain home modifications and assistive technology.
According to Credit Capital’s senior financial advisor Alister Clare, “People with high support needs might also be able to access the SDA funding. These include those who require support from family or friends for personal care or have lived in an aged care residence or group home.”
The NDIA checks a lot of information when deciding whether you’re eligible for SDA funding or not. They also look for information from:
- Your physician/s or any other licensed health professionals
- Your current care providers
- Your community, family, and friends
Apart from these, the NDIA will also consider the following factors:
- Your long-term goals
- Reducing your need for support and improving functional capacity
- Improving your relationships with family, friends, and the wider community
What If You’re Already an SDA Participant?
If you’re satisfied with your current accommodation, you may continue to live there. The NDIS continues to provide support to eligible individuals. But if your circumstances ever change and you need alternative accommodation, the SDA scheme will help you explore options.
Once your NDIS plan includes SDA, you can change accommodations—even in locations that are not integrated into the scheme yet.
What Is an SDA Provider?
An SDA provider may be a private landlord, an organisation (for-profit or non-profit), an investor, or family members that can provide a suitable dwelling for the SDA participant.
The NDIA will provide SDA providers with funding, which will serve as a contribution to any relevant business activities relevant to SDA delivery (e.g., maintenance).
Take note that all registered SDA providers, like the Property Friends, must be registered under the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
Property Friends is committed to providing the most outstanding SDA dwellings in desirable conditions. We use state-of-the-art technology to create a sustainable living environment and deliver the best possible care. Get in touch with us now to know more!
Written for Property Friends by Amanda Dickens
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